Former Attorney General of Edo state and Commissioner for Justice, Osagie Obayuwana Esq. has called for the resignation of , President Muhammadu Buhari for failing to provide the dividends of democracy to Nigerians.
Obayuwana said that since President Buhari assumed power, hunger, poverty unemployment, insecurity and other challenges have bedeviled the nation. He expressed disappointment over the incessant killings in the country.
Barrister Obayuwana made the call at an event organized by an NGO, Equity International Initiative EII, at a colloquium to mark the nation’s 61st Independence anniversary with the theme” Nigeria at 61: Truth, Justice and Leadership The Making of A Great Nation,” Benin city.
Barrister Osagie, said:” I thank the initiators of this event, in the sense that in this programme you can see in this very occasion, some clerics, men, politicians, academics, media, CSOs, NGOs, artisans, business men and women, labour leaders, traditional rulers and opinion leaders and trade union collaborating.
“A few months ago, during the #EndSars protest, the message was,’ Let your voice be heard’. That is the first point. In that process the concerns of our people spread across the globe. Whether you live abroad or somewhere else, we have common concerns.
Unemployment, joblessness, poverty, hunger, poor health, homelessness, bad roads, lack of education and the current insecurity, all these issues affect all Nigerians. So, we must not allow those who are benefiting from the mess that Nigeria has turned, to use ethnicity and religion to divide the ranks of the victims.
Commenting on the way forward, Obayuwana said we should ensure the wealth of Nigeria is put to use for the benefit of those who historically have been denied. There are people who have often been profiting from these killing in Nigeria, and those who have been victims. The change and revolution that we called for has come, that must come to an end. The huge wealth of Nigeria at this time, must be put to use. Houses to live in, to give our people food, shelter, and water to drink. To give quality education to our children, to make healthcare available to Nigerians. That is what we stand for, and what our people must bring into reality, at this time. We have waited for too long, and waited for complete 61 years, the change is not forth coming, so we must do it by ourselves at this time,” he added.
He called on organized labour to hold government accountable, to bring the needed change. He said it can be done through agitations with government at all levels in the country.
Also speaking, the Executive Director Canvassers for Democracy and the Rule of Law, Comrade Olu Martin’s, said Nigerians should be ready to engage governments which fail to give dividends of democracy to the people.
Rev. Martin’s also condemned the bad leadership style of the present government and advocated for young people in governance.
“We came to re-write democracy. Nigeria democracy is now a system of government to make law for the poor Nigerians. He said democracy is supposed to be a government for the poor people,” he stated.
He asserted that they are ready to effect new change that would impact Nigeria, that the change must start now. He said they cannot continue to tolerate bad leadership that the current political leaders plunged Nigerians into.
In his remarks, the initiator of the occasion and the Executive Director Equity International Initiative( EII), Amb. Christ Iyama, called for a new Nigeria. He said it is high time Nigerians hold their leaders accountable for not providing the dividends of democracy to the people.
He posited that, this will help to bring the needed change that the nation had been clamouring for.
Ambassador Iyama, said the essence of the event is to chat the way forward of Nigeria. He said this will help to reposition our mind and think of better ways to rebuild the country.